My friend Muri hosts a poetry challenge every April. If you’d like to participate and want the details, click HERE. I didn’t recognize most of the poetic forms on her list, so it’s going to be a steep learning curve for me this year. This first poem is a DECIMA. Years ago, I had a coworker who was a real practical joker. She lived for April Fool’s Day and got one over on just about everyone. No matter how determined I was not to bite, she would reel me in. My determination may have made me an easier target. Pranking isn’t complicated, but it requires two essential things: a poker face and a plausible lie. I got her once, almost by accident. I took a message for her from the school principal, asking her to call in about her son. She agonized about it all day. Had he picked a fight or gotten himself suspended? It turns out he had been selected for induction into the National Honor Society. Without further ado…


I’m feeling like an April Fool,
sitting here hoodwinked and bumming,
too naïve to see it coming.
A plausible lie, her only tool,
told straight-faced, her manner cool.
“There’s a policeman on the phone,
a stoplight camera thing, he said…”
My heart speeds up… I ran a red?
With shaky hands and a sickly groan,
I say hello to Sergeant Dial Tone.


    • Just Joan April 4, 2022 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks, saintvi. I always enjoy reading your stuff and seeing your takes on Muri’s prompts. I esp enjoyed the one about walking your old dog. I have an old dog (she’s almost 11) who enjoys sniffing, rolling, eating very specific grass in very specific locations, and barking at any truck that is noisy or fueled with diesel. So I totally get it.

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  1. murisopsis April 4, 2022 / 1:51 pm

    Hahaha! Oh this is good – and funny too! I can’t wait to see what you do next!! Your Decima is delightful! And it is so very good to see you posting again!!! ❤

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    • Just Joan April 4, 2022 / 1:59 pm

      NPM is as good a reason as any to get my butt in gear. Prompts get my motor revving, they give the muses a framework on which they can build. Thanks for your kind words and the introduction to the decima (and all the other new forms).


  2. serendippitysays April 4, 2022 / 1:59 pm

    A poem that made me smile. Very well written!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 4, 2022 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Serendippity. Love your name, btw, it’s one of my very favorite words.


    • Just Joan April 4, 2022 / 4:18 pm

      Hey, JR! Glad to see you here, thanks for the comment. Are you still drinking hyped-up coffees and catching bottles of wine on Tippy’s blog?

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      • joyroses13 April 4, 2022 / 4:23 pm

        You are welcome! Always fun to see a friendly “face” on here! 🙂 Trying to tone down on the coffee and drink more tea, but ….
        Gibber isn’t on as much anymore so there isn’t anyone to throw wine too. Sad! But when she does come on we do throw it and it catches Tippy off guard. LOL!

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    • Just Joan April 4, 2022 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks, Churchmousie. Yeah, it feels good to prank the prankster. I started the poem yesterday and got frustrated when it didn’t come together. Decided to sleep on it, and the muse got me up at 3 am to change the rhyme and jot down the missing lines. I was like, oh come on! But I did it, and everything I needed was right there, penned in my notebook, in the morning. They work on their own timetable, let me tell you, and things go much easier if you just follow their lead.


  3. Tippy Gnu April 4, 2022 / 7:05 pm

    What a dirty trick. I try to wear my hat low over my forehead when driving through a town that has red light cameras. So far they haven’t caught me, which is good because I do love running red lights.

    And don’t listen to JR. No wine ever slips my detection.

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    • Just Joan April 4, 2022 / 7:14 pm

      I agree. When I see a yellow light, it’s either screech to a halt or floor it. I’m more likely to stop, but I’ve slid through an “orange” light a few times, enough to be panicked by her plausible story.

      Wine DOES slip your detection from time to time. I know. I’ve thrown it.

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      • Tippy Gnu April 4, 2022 / 8:50 pm

        Yeah, sometimes I find myself waiting for a ticket in the mail, but so far none have come.

        Well, hell, I’m going to have to buy a wine alarm.

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